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It’s perform or perish for Bangalore and Otago

cricket Updated: Oct 12, 2009 02:19 IST
Bivabasu Kumar
Bivabasu Kumar
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They are faced with a nemesis called Brendon McCullum (who blasted 158 for the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Chinnaswamy), have lost their first Champions League match to the Cape Cobras, and are now faced with a must-win situation against Otago Volts.

This is not the first time that the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are walking a tightrope. Anil Kumble's men came back from the brink to finish as the runners-up in IPL-II and they must be hoping to replicate the same performance to keep their hopes alive in this tournament.

The RCB skipper must have been forced into some serious soul-searching after their five-wicket loss to the Cobras in their opening match. Even a daunting total of 180 looked trifle against a rampaging JP Duminy, and Kumble didn't mince his words, admitting that his team failed to handle the Cobras batsman. “We made errors in the field, but if you look back, probably, we committed less mistakes and still lost the game because of Duminy's innings,” Kumble said.

The RCB skipper said he has plans to introduce some changes for Monday's do-or-die clash, but he will take the final call after the first match. “We have an advantage because we are playing the second game. So, we can take a call looking at how the pitch performs in the Trinidad&Tobago match,” he said.

Volts charged up

Faced with a make-or-break tie, the Otago Volts too must win against the RCB to keep their tournament hopes alive. Volts skipper Craig Cumming will be counting on a better batting performance from the top four.

Their star opener Brendon McCullum is due for a big one and the Chinnaswamy has proved to be his happy hunting ground. And Cummings wants McCullum to replicate the same on Monday. “His run out the other night was disappointing. I have heard he has played well here. Hope he fires at the right time,” Cumming said.